Mullinalaghta ladies crowned Minor ‘B’ champions

Charlie Canning, the outgoing PRO of Longford Ladies Board, presenting the Minor 'B' Championship Trophy to Shannon Murray and Shannon McEntire, the joint captains of the Mullinalaghta team.
Mullinalaghta’s dominance in the first half was enough to see them take the Ladies Minor B title as they got the better of Clonguish in the final played at Emmet Park, Killoe on the October Bank Holiday Monday.

Mullinalaghta’s dominance in the first half was enough to see them take the Ladies Minor B title as they got the better of Clonguish in the final played at Emmet Park, Killoe on the October Bank Holiday Monday.

This was expected to be a very close encounter as there wasn’t much between any of the teams in this competition. Clonguish got off the mark first with a point from Aisling Greene. Mullinalaghta replied with points from Laura Burke (2) and a goal from Caoimhe Brady. Cliodhna Allen popped over another point for Clonguish for their last score in the first half.

Ellen Kiernan got another goal and a point for Mullinalaghta, Laura Burke added a further two points and Rachel Gilligan finished out the first half with another point to leave Mullinalaghta in a commanding 2-6 to 0-2 lead at the break.

The second half saw Clonguish come more into the game but were relying a lot on Aisling Greene to do the scoring. Mullinalaghta got the first score on the changeover, a goal from Ellen Kiernan followed by a point from Shannon O’Reilly.

Aisling Greene then got a point for Clonguish before Ellen Kiernan struck the net with another goal for Mullinalaghta to put the issue beyond all doubt. But Clonguish showed a lot of character to battle back and closed the wide gap with points from Aisling Greene (2), Sarah Duffy (2) and Cliodhna Allen and a goal from Lynn Gregg.

Caoimhe Brady produced a fine performance at midfield for Mullinalahta, cutting off supply to the Clonguish forward line dispite carrying an injury for most of the second half.

MULLINALAGHTA: A Lynch, A Leonard, S McEntire, A Brady, C McGivney, R Gilligan, C Hand, C Brady, C McGivney, S Murray, S O’Reilly, E Kiernan, L Burke, E Hand.

CLONGUISH: J Stewart, M Gordon, N Darcy, J Breslin, S Duffy, L Gregg, H McHugh, F Hourican, A Greene, C Coppinger, N Hourican, C Allen, C Vaughan, C A O’Brien.

Referee: Ken Leonard (St. Helen’s, Drumlish/Ballinamuck).